49ers Stadium on Fast Track

Contractors are working to shave a year off the normal construction time for a stadium this big

THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE ‘Q’ – THE REGISTRY’S PRINT PUBLICATION – IN JULY 2012

By Doug Caldwell

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]hiny shovels were great for the April 19 groundbreaking, but now the hard slog is underway to build the new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers—what will be the most technologically advanced football stadium in the country, supporters say.

[pullquote_right] “It’s a pretty good job to build the stadium where you grew up.” Gary Filizetti, president of Devcon Construction Inc.[/pullquote_right]Workers swarmed the site near Great America Park even before the groundbreaking, laying 30 miles of conduit and pipe below ground for utilities. Four days after the groundbreaking, they were back en masse, working around the clock—a necessity because the nearly $1.2 billion stadium needs to be ready by Aug. 31, 2014, for the opening of the National Football League season. That means shaving roughly a year off the typical time it takes to design and build a stadium this big. They’ve achieved the ambitious schedule by compressing the time allotted to design and by overlapping the design, procurement and construction phases to a far greater degree than is standard.

“In order to meet the schedule, we’re building four quadrants at the same time,” said Gary Filizetti, president of Devcon Construction Inc., which along with Turner Construction Co. is erecting the 68,500-seat structure—80,000 seats when temporary seating is marshaled for larger events such as the NFL Super Bowl. The two contractors have joined before to build the 530,000-square-foot downtown San Jose City Hall completed in late 2005.

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